Kuyen, Alto del Maipo Valley
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Kuyen, Alto del Maipo Valley - 2018

Item # 22297 750mL
$31.96/ Single Bottle
$383.52 $345.17/ Case of 12
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Production Methods




Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

Tasting Notes

Alvaro and Marina Espinoza are pioneers of small production biodynamic farming and winemaking in Chile. Their farm Antiyal is dedicated to 50% vineyards, and the rest to livestock and other crops, creating a diverse environment. They treat each parcel with minimal intervention, and create distinct wines as a result. This dry full-bodied red is a blend of Syrah, Carmenère, and Cabernet Sauvignon. A touch of oak influence gives this subtle spice, and this pairs well with grilled lamb.

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Staff Pick Notes

I love this wine. It is a bit different from the wines that I typically gravitate toward in that it is big and modern but when its good it’s good and this wine is definitely good! It’s Juicy and spicy and just begs to be drank with BBQ or any other form of spicy meat. It's produced Biodynamically and with the utmost respect for nature and the terrior of the vines.

- OW

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